The Moors National Park Centre is perfectly located to enjoy the best of the stunning North York Moors. The wonderful countryside, vast wildlife and idyllic villages within the park are just waiting to be explored. The centre is full of interesting things for all the family to do.

Danby Moors Centre - The North York Moors Visitor Center In Danby

Danby Moors Centre – The North York Moors Visitor Center In Danby

The Moors National Park Centre is our flagship visitor centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk. From the doorstep, you can see pretty much everything that makes the North York Moors National Park so special: moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls, historic buildings – all basking in glorious peace.

The Centre has recently been refurbished from top to bottom. There are loads of fun and fascinating things to see and do, inside and out, and admission is absolutely FREE.

  • Brand-new exhibition and gallery area
  • Indoor climbing wall and outdoor play area
  • Gift shop – local books, crafts and souvenirs
  • Tearooms
  • Fantastic walks, events and activities

The Moors Centre is crammed with many great things to see and enjoy! Please find out about the spectacular landscape around you, how it was formed and moulded by people throughout time.

  • FREE admission
  • Living Landscapes exhibition
  • Walks, trails and quizzes
  • National Park video
  • Wheelchair loan
  • Crow Wood Access Trail
  • Bed-booking service
  • Books, souvenirs, local crafts
  • Tearooms
  • Wildflower garden
  • Moorsbus Park and Ride
  • Bird watching facilities

Opening times for Danby Moors Center

  • April-October, daily, 10am to 5pm.
  • November to February, weekends only, 11am to 4pm
  • March, daily, 11am to 4pm.

Directions To Danby Moors Center

Address: Lodge Lane Danby YO21 2NB

The Moors National Park Centre is in the north of the National Park, less than a mile from village of Danby in the Esk Valley (OS Grid Reference: NZ 717 084). Post Code : YO21 2NB

Tel : +44 01439 772737

Latest Exhibition At Danby Moors Center

20 August – 16 September – Spirited Wildlife. Artist Andy Broderick & sculptors Emma Stothard & Stef Ottevanger take a closer look at wildlife.

19 September – 12 October – Changing Places. Bridget Wilkinson and Meg Ashley celebrate the dynamic northeast coastline

19 September – 12 October – North Yorkshire Naturally – Dennis Roddam’s art works and ceramics capture North Yorkshire’s natural spirit

Celebrating the natural world on our doorstep Exhibition By Dennis Roddam

Art works and ceramics by award-winning wildlife artist Dennis Roddam go on display at the

Inspired by… gallery from 19 September. Inspired by his childhood adventures in the North York Moors, his art focuses on the smaller natural wonders that are sometimes overlooked, rather than large panoramic views. North Yorkshire Naturally is open daily until Sunday 12 October and entry is free.
From woodcuts to lino cuts, watercolours to ceramics his art captures close-up observations of local wildlife including birds, mammals, insects and flowers. All the work – including cards and coasters – is available to buy.

Dennis said:

“Living on the edge of the North York Moors, I am fortunate in that I can spend a lot of my time in this wonderful countryside. I have exhibited at the Inspired by… gallery and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”

As well as exhibiting widely, Dennis’ work has been regularly shown at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Artists, where he won the ‘Birds Birds Birds’ gallery award. He has also had work accepted for the Artist & Leisure Painter Patchings Exhibition (winning the prestigious ‘David & Charles Award’), and also qualified as a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

People visiting the gallery on 20 September between 12 and 3pm will get an opportunity to meet Dennis and find out more about his work. His exhibition is running concurrently with ‘Changing Places’ which showcases the work of mixed media artist Bridget Wilkinson and paintings and ceramics by Meg Ashley.

The Inspired by… gallery is at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby which is open daily from 10.00am to 5pm with free entry. Information on forthcoming exhibitions can be found at

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